The Celebration of The Passover

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Assurance

In celebration of the Passover meal they were to eat bread made without leaven (v. 15). This is flat bread made with no yeast. In fact if you ate anything made with yeast during this festival, you would be excommunicated from Israel. The only work they were allowed to do during this time of special religious services was that of preparing food (v. 16). To celebrate this festival was a way of remembering the day that God  brought the families and tribes out of Egypt (v. 17). They were to begin this celebration on the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month and continue until the evening of the twenty-first day (v. 18). During these seven days no yeast was to be allowed in anyone’s home (v. 19). They were told to stay away from yeast no matter where they lived (v. 20).

Moses called the leaders of Israel together and each family was instructed to pick out a sheep and kill it (v. 21). They were instructed to make a brush from the branches of a hyssop tree and dip the brush in the bowl that had the blood of the animal in it. Then they were told to brush blood above the door and on the posts at each side. After this everyone was to stay inside (v. 22). During the night the Lord went through the country of Egypt and killed the first-born son of every Egyptian family (v. 23). The angel that brings death would see the blood on the door posts of each Israelite family and not kill the first-born sons. Future generations were to observe this celebration each year (vv. 24-25).

Application

Feelings and good works had nothing to do with deliverance from the death angel but only the application of the blood on the door posts. My assurance of salvation doesn’t depend on my religious experiences, works of mercy or cultivation of character but only in me personally trusting in His shed blood.

Exodus 12:15-24 (English Standard Version)

"Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven out of your houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. On the first day you shall hold a holy assembly, and on the seventh day a holy assembly. No work shall be done on those days. But what everyone needs to eat, that alone may be prepared by you. And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day, throughout your generations, as a statute forever. In the first month, from the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. For seven days no leaven is to be found in your houses. If anyone eats what is leavened, that person will be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a sojourner or a native of the land. You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwelling places you shall eat unleavened bread." Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you. You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons forever."

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